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Hudgins Earns Leadership Award from COG

Hunter Mill Supervisor earns Scull Award for Regional Leadership

Hunter Mill Supervisor Cathy Hudgins was honored by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) with the organization's Elizabeth and David Scull Metropolitan Public Service Award for her work as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

Hudgins has been the board chair of WMATA for two years.

COG Board Chair Frank Principi said in a statement that Hudgins was the “thoughtful, steady, and insightful leader” the region needed to help restore confidence in Metro, which has faced serious challenges and increased scrutiny in the past several years.

Her peers at COG noted many accomplishments at WMATA, such as making the safety and maintenance of the system the top priorities of her chairmanship and advocating for Metro’s funding needs.

Hudgins also spearheaded several changes to improve the transit agency’s governance following recommendations by COG, the Board of Trade, and other groups. She initiated and oversaw a process in which WMATA adopted its first-ever Bylaws and a modernized Code of Ethics. The Board also agreed to end the custom of rotating the Board Chairman every year. As a result, Hudgins was elected for a second consecutive year in 2012.

COG officials noted that Hudgins has played a key part in ensuring the completion of the Silver Line’s first phase to Reston as well as the agreement that will build the second phase to Dulles Airport and Loudoun County.

The Scull Award is presented by COG annually to a local, state or federal elected official for outstanding service to the metropolitan Washington region. It is named after the late Montgomery County Councilmembers, who were strong supporters of COG and regional cooperation.   

Tammi Petrine December 13, 2012 at 11:48 PM
continued: If the Tysons model of service tax districts including existing residential properties comes to Reston to pay for infrastructure made necessary by new corridor development, the war will be on and we will need to elect a more sensitive supervisor. One only hopes that Ms. Hudgins rises to the challenges ahead and comes up with better votes than in the recent past. Fingers crossed.
Gene December 14, 2012 at 12:55 AM
"human services and affordable housing. She is always the one to stand up for the people who don't have a voice" Well then I'm glad that she has been an advocate I think it's great, now she needs to be more of an advocate for those of us that are paying more than our fair share of the bills. Your right we need to look at the big picture and if you do that you will realize that there is growing number of folks who are tired of contributing to the point where our standard of living is going down by a bunch, keep doing that and we are smart enough to take our income elsewhere.
Gene December 14, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Bravo well stated. Yes it all adds up doesn't it, they are ruining our community before our eyes and making us pay for it's destruction. Almost every controversial issue that has come up in the last 5 years, where the citizens stood up and asked for a change has been ignored. I am so frustrated with my inability as a citizen to have any influence on even simple things. There are days when I question my service to this country and all the important things I have worked on over the years.
Kimberly Lewis Gibson February 10, 2013 at 09:12 PM
Amen… to Erin, Tammi and Gene! Catherine Hudgins has treated her constituents in Vienna and Tysons with the same disregard… With the exception of her vote against the Boone Boulevard Ramp through Tysons Forest where presumably, given her track record, her hand was forced by the attendance at a community meeting of over 300 angry residents representing 15 homeowner and civic associations as well as media coverage As mentioned, her championing of the disadvantaged is admirable; however, she has repeatedly exhibited a lack of interest and care for those long-time residents who don’t need affordable housing or special services. We have seen first-hand her team’s unerring support of developers over residents…She is disingenuous when she speaks of “protecting older neighborhoods.” Her strong urban bias has consistently resulted in her supporting commercial and residential densification, all of which has continued to degrade our quality of life here in the Tysons area. (Continued below.)
Kimberly Lewis Gibson February 10, 2013 at 09:13 PM
(Continued from above.) While she laments increased enrollment at many Fairfax County schools and an increase in special services needs, both of which impact the County’s budget, what does she expect with unbridled urbanization? She says she believes in “sustained and comprehensive management.” Really? Where is she seriously supporting that? Blind support for the half-baked and fiscally irresponsible Silver Line? Voting in favor of the creation of a new tax district in Tysons to cover obvious infrastructure realities? Consistently voting for outright densification of in-fills in surrounding neighborhoods? There are plenty of long-time residents who feel their best interests are not being heard with Supervisor Hudgins’ style of leadership.

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